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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Nerdy Birdy: Sweden’s Feathered Friends

I went out birding today not really expecting much. From the research I did because of the very low winter temperatures many birds migrate out of Sweden for the winter. I did however manage to find a few out in the bitter cold before I had to scurry back inside for warmth.

The Great Tit is a small passerine that has beautiful striking colors. I found a group of them foraging around on the frozen grass. I approached slowly and observed them for a good half hour. Being city birds they mostly ignored me and continued eating, I was able to get a really great close up shot.

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The park I visited had quite a bit of water, as most of the Stockholm area is consisted of small islands. I was excited when I found a pair of Mute Swans searching for food in some tall reeds. I sat on the bank and prayed they would come closer. By being still and waiting the swans approached closer and closer and I was able to take this shot just as the sun peeked through the clouds illuminating the swans head speckled with drops of water.

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With the water, the reeds, the lighting and composition I love everything about this shot. It is now one of my new favourites.

A little further along the path I managed to startle a group of mallards from the water. This bird shot taking off I thought was rather pretty because of the colors in the water and the striking pattern of the bird.

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The European Magpie was everywhere at this park. With striking iridescent black/green wings and bold white pattern this bird is truly beautiful. Shy this bird took off every time I saw one. Thankfully I managed to get this great shot in the setting sun with a tree full of fall orange behind him. Thanks for sitting pretty.

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1 comment:

paul peggy zeus said...

The duck looks just like a Male Mallard, but ooohh the SWAN is gorgeous!!

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